Welcome to the Hollow Log Didgeridoos website!
Hollow Log Didgeridoos is dedicated to the traditional didgeridoos made and played across the Top End of the Northern Territory of Australia. ‘Hollow Log’ refers to the eucalyptus logs that hollowed by the termites and used as traditional material for didgeridoos for hundreds, perhaps thousands of years. We believe, that these naturally prepared logs are the best material to deliver the ‘original’ sound of the didgeridoo.
Our focus is to source quality, original and authentic instruments with real cultural values, while maintaining living connection with the traditional custodians of the didgeridoo.
Hollow Log Didgeridoos is selling didgeridoos online. The instruments are located in Yirrkala, Australia and in London, Europe through a collaboration between Sound Matters and Hollow Log Didgeridoos. We wish to offer access to quality traditional instruments for didgeridoo players and enthusiasts who are interested not only in quality didgeridoos, but also in instruments with high cultural integrity.
Janos Kerekes, didgeridoo player and ambassador, founder of Hollow Log Didgeridoos
I heard the sound of the didgeridoo when I was a child, a few seconds long recording moved something inside me. I first met the instrument in 1999, and set up on a journey to learn more about it. Although I approached the didgeridoo in a contemporary way as a player, I always felt learning about its ‘cultural background’ is important.
During the coming years, I was looking for the sound of the didgeridoo that represent my connection to this unique instrument, and that is, also able to express my connection to and understanding of the Aboriginal culture. I realised, that my contemporary style of playing could not help me to get the sound I was looking for, thus my attention turned towards the traditional playing styles of the Top End of Australia.
Over the last ten years I studied the different type of traditional didgeridoos, the distinctive playing styles through the Northern Territory. I am looking for the ‘classical’ sound of the didgeridoo while learning about the traditional Indigenous knowledge and the languages of the region. I believe that this` hollowed wooden tube` has the best, the original and the proper sound on its cultural ground, it belongs there, and it carries a universal message that can speak to anyone.
I created Hollow Log Didgeridoos to establish an online surface where I can showcase the didgeridoo on a way I see and experience it. I believe it is important to talk about the Aboriginal culture and the didgeridoo as a ‘Balanda’, non-Aboriginal, contemporary player to help others to understand, value and respect the traditional culture of the instrument, and the People who invented it.
As a didgeridoo enthusiast, I think it is vital to maintain connection to the traditional custodians, learn their way of life, beliefs and languages. I am studying the Yolŋu languages and culture at Charles Darwin University. Currently I am living in Yirrkala in Northeast Arnhem Land, working at ARDS Aboriginal Corporation as a cross cultural facilitator that gives me a great opportunity to incorporate the didgeridoo and my keen interest towards the Aboriginal culture into my everyday life.
I would like to say thank you: Gurruwiwi Family, Yolŋu Studies at Charles Darwin University, Buku-Larrŋay Mulka Centre and Jeremy Cloake, iDidj Australia, ARDS Aboriginal Resources and Development Services, Lirrwi Tourism, Richard Szikoi for the website, and all of you who are supporting me on the journey.